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skiff

any of various small boats propelled by oars, sail, or motor
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Sam's curiosity was now fully aroused, so leaving his skiff he clambered silently up a ridge that overlooked their path.
It was not, however, until he had drifted a great distance that he ventured to ply his oars, when he made his skiff dart like an arrow through the strait of Hell Gate, never heeding the danger of Pot, Frying Pan, nor Hog's Back itself, nor did he feel himself thoroughly secure until safely nestled in bed in the cockloft of the ancient farmhouse of the Suydams.
Unconsciously I had ceased paddling as the serpent rose to engage my pursuer, so now the skiff still drifted close beside the two.
Embedded in the prow of the skiff lay the spear that had been cast after me by him whom I suddenly desired to save.
Hiding the skiff as best he could in some tangled bushes which grew to the water's edge, set there by order of the King to add to the beauty of the aspect from the river side, De Vac crept warily to the postern and, unchallenged, entered and sought his apartments in the palace.
Would I take him, Scotty, over in my skiff to call upon the harpooner?
I played the sailor and the man, fending off the skiff so that it would not mar the yacht's white paint, dropping the skiff astern on a long painter, and making the painter fast with two nonchalant half-hitches.
I can do it with whistles", Skiff Miller said proudly.
But it's all-fired hot in summer, beggin' your pardon," Skiff Miller laughed.
They were now off the coal bunkers of Long Wharf, and the boy put the skiff about, heading toward San Francisco.
That night, long after dark, the little, half-decked skiff sailed up the Oakland Estuary.
There were a great many skiffs rowing about or floating with the stream in the neighborhood of the ferryboat, but the boys could not determine what the men in them were doing.